Making a mark

By Country News

A Numurkah hoof trimmer has been awarded the runner-up prize at the Victorian Rural Ambassador Award.

Hayden Williamson, who is the owner of hoof trimming business, Hoof’n It, started his journey as a Rural Ambassador at last year’s Nathalia Show.

‘‘I started at the Nathalia Show and become the ambassador of Nathalia Show then I went to regionals which was the Goulburn Valley and Riverina regions and I was runner-up there and Emily Shields won that and we both went to the state final,’’ Mr Williamson said.

‘‘At the state finals there was seven of us and I was runner-up.’’

Mr Williamson took home a $1500 cheque for his efforts, which he said he was shocked to have won.

‘‘It was a hard competition, a tough enough competition so any result I was happy with.

‘‘I didn’t expect it. I was very rapt. I was sitting on cloud nine for about 24 hours.’’

The seven competitors were judged on community involvement, show involvement, how they presented themselves, how they dressed, their knowledge of the industry and their speech.

Mr Williamson explained why he entered the Nathalia show.

‘‘I’ve always shown cows and I wanted to try something different in the show. It was a way of representing myself, learning about myself and growing as a person.’’

Mr Williamson said some of his prize money would go to Nathalia Show Society.

James Kirkpatrick, from the Beaufort Show and Midlands Group, was named this year’s Victorian Rural Ambassador.